64GB Surface 2 with LTE tablet reportedly to be sold for $679

On Monday, WPCentral reported that at least some Microsoft Store retail locations had begun to receive shipments of the LTE version of the Surface 2 tablet, but those stores could not start selling the device. Today, a new report from the same site offers some more information on the long awaited LTE tablet.

The post claims that the 64GB version of the LTE device will be priced at $679, compared to the current Surface 2 which is on sale for $549. That means adding the LTE wireless support will boost the price by $130. As previously reported, the Surface 2 LTE will connect to AT&T's network. Indeed, a couple of leaked images for the tablet's packaging in the article confirm that tidbit of info.

There's no word on the specific data plan AT&T will have for the Surface 2 LTE model, nor how long the contract for that plan might be. It's possible the price of the device will be higher for a non-contract version. The report does say that the tablet will support 850/900/1800/1900 2G bands, 3G UMTS (bands 1,2, 5) and LTE (bands 4, 7, 17).

There's still no word on when Microsoft will officially announce the availability of the Surface 2 LTE model but we imagine it will be at any time if Microsoft Store locations now have them in stock.

Source: WPCentral | Image via WPCentral

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Gotta be kidding me. 64Gb was a lot 3 years ago, now it's bog standard. You can buy a 64Gb MicroSD card the size of your pinky fingernail for 50 bucks!

Go 128 or 256 and it might start looking like half decent value.

trojan_market said,
Lumia 2520 beat surface 2 in both performance and value. overall looks and feels better too.

Polycarbonate vs aluminum is preference but without an adjustable kickstand and a keyboard that's as nice as what the type cover offers, the Lumia 2520 just becomes a less than desirable tablet. I would never get a tablet without a kick stand at this size, cases that prop up the tablet are too clunky. The way the Surface does it is something that makes the Surface a lot more desirable than the Lumia 2520.

This should put the Surface over the hump. /s

I really wish people on this site would stop comparing the Surface Pro with the iPad. How many times do we have to say the Surface Pro is a laptop with tablet features!

For those saying the price is too high. Well of course Microsoft could sell more at cheaper, however the Surface 2 is the premium Microsoft device. Any cheaper and you risk getting into OEM territory. The surface 2 is supposed to represent the full Microsoft experience and Microsoft is trying to get it on iPad level quality

I thought the Pro 2 was the premium version that represented the "full Microsoft [Windows] experience"? As for iPad level quality, the OS and build quality are both better IMO, the apps still not as much though. On a Pro 2 of course the latter doesn't matter as much since you're not tied to only what the app store has to offer.

the better twin said,
Yep this is what i do with my Surface 2. Cant understand why you would pay for two contracts.

Especially not at the prices that U.S. carriers charge for data. Tethering all the way. Though I could see how this would appeal to businesses that might cover the costs.

the better twin said,
Yep this is what i do with my Surface 2. Cant understand why you would pay for two contracts.

Weird US cellphone market aside, over here they have data plans that you can pay for and use on different devices. So I pay for one 5GB plan and can use it on my cellphone and tablet or laptop.

George P said,

Weird US cellphone market aside, over here they have data plans that you can pay for and use on different devices. So I pay for one 5GB plan and can use it on my cellphone and tablet or laptop.

But this device is aimed to the US market therefore their arguments are valid.

Cosmocronos said,

But this device is aimed to the US market therefore their arguments are valid.

I didn't say otherwise, just pointing out how it's not the same in other places.

Not really that bad for a price at all..My iPad Air 64GB with LTE was a good bit more than that.. I am planning on buying on these as soon as they hit shelves.. When working on a pad all day.. a mouse is epic..

ha ha. so the business tablet, the pro, but it doesn't get an LTE option, while the consumer driven one, that hardly anybody wants, does. And on top of that, it's ATT an not VZ. seriously, I have figured out MSFT's strategy algorithm

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On the contrary: I travel for business a lot and that is one of the reasons for buying all my smartphones Unbranded. I am not interested to be overcharged by carriers with their international roaming charges. And with a laptop/Tablet... less than ever.

I really want to see Microsoft push Surface 2 down businesses throat, but damn, dat price! Oh well, it's still cheaper than the $800+ Apple is charging for the iPad Air 64GB with LTE.

unfortunate. I was rather hoping to pick one up for Telus or Rogers. Oh well, my original RT is still running great so no real need to upgrade yet.

pratnala said,
These guys will never learn

For comparison sake the Ipad Air is 699 for the 64GB.

IPad might have more apps than Surface 2 but Surface 2 all around is a more productive device. You have Office 2013 a 300 dollar value and don't need an app for proper file management, have a full blown browser with Flash integrated. Not to mention a USB port. If you don't find value in that.. then this is not for you. At the end of the day people with iPad end up realizing how useless it is for school and work.

nickcruz said,

IPad might have more apps than Surface 2 but Surface 2 all around is a more productive device. You have Office 2013 a 300 dollar value and don't need an app for proper file management, have a full blown browser with Flash integrated.....

Here's the problem that Microsoft created. Office 2013RT can't "legally" be used for productive use, per their license. Here's a quote from their web site stating the limitations: "As sold, Office 2013 RT is not designed for commercial, nonprofit, or revenue-generating activities. However, organizations who purchase commercial use rights or have a commercial license to Office 2013 suites that include Outlook can use Office 2013 RT for commercial, nonprofit, or revenue-generating activities."

So, it's productive, but can't be used for productivity at work without paying extra for a commercial license. This will keep a lot of businesses away, especially small businesses. If they removed the business limitation, Surface 2 sales might skyrocket.

Edited by seeprime, Mar 11 2014, 1:08pm :

I am not discounting surface 2 which is a fantastic devise, but please compare the following to iPad:
- Apple Numbers/Pages/iMovie etc are available for free now. Not as powerful as office but will get the job done.
- There is more free (available) space on 64GB iPad then 64GB Surface 2
- Accessories ecosystem for iPad. There is no such thing for Surface apart from 2 keyboards which are very pricey
- App ecosystem: Apple has much larger & better apps. even Microsoft apps on ios are much better than that available on WinRT e.g. skype. WinRT is not pulling any DEV crowd do don't expect the app-gap to reduce considerably for next 2 years..

Some people might feel the need for it... but I would wait and see in 2015-16 when win 9.x is out and hopefully surface is better priced & app-gap has reduced.

nickcruz said,

For comparison sake the Ipad Air is 699 for the 64GB.

IPad might have more apps than Surface 2 but Surface 2 all around is a more productive device. You have Office 2013 a 300 dollar value and don't need an app for proper file management, have a full blown browser with Flash integrated. Not to mention a USB port. If you don't find value in that.. then this is not for you. At the end of the day people with iPad end up realizing how useless it is for school and work.

Its hard for common sense to compete with biased stupidity. You are 100% right.
But I guess its ok for an iPad to cost this much.

The fact the Surface has a USB makes it more productive than the iPad. The support for any keyboard/mouse, flash drives, any external HDD/CDROM, printers and more just with one port. The fact you can expand the storage.

As you stated it doesn't have as many apps, but for a device that is only on its second model, so what. Windows still has enough apps for anyone to get stuff done, There is nothing the iPad can do that the Surface can't.

You don't need an app for everything. I hate the Facebook app for example. I rather load Facebook in the browser. If I wanted Facebook Limited, that is what my smartphone is for. I don't want my tablet being like my smartphone, it defeats the purpose.

Unlike what the technically disable above you said, MS doesn't think this is the 90's and they have learned. As limited as the iPad is, look what it costs and here the Surface can at least run 2 apps on the screen, has a full desktop browser, supports the web better than the iPad and does productivity better.

MS Office IMO isn't why the Surface does productivity better, Its better because of Windows.

The kids above likely thinks it ok for Apple to charge $699 for an LTE equipped iPad, but MS can't charge similar?

Hi_XPecTa_Chens said,

Its hard for common sense to compete with biased stupidity. You are 100% right.
But I guess its ok for an iPad to cost this much.

You do a great job discrediting yourself straight from the first sentence...
So just because somebody disagrees with you, they're stupid? Grow up...

The battery life and performance are better on the Air, and there are way more accessories available for it. The only potentially important one is a keyboard anyway. I'd go on, but then I'd be showing my "stupidity"...

There are plenty advantages of both depending on what the application is.

They will never learn what??? Although I don't like RT, and I know it was a stopgap until Intel got it's act together, you are going to sit there and tell me that Samsungs latest tablet that is around $700 is better. Quit smoking pot

Astra.Xtreme said,

You do a great job discrediting yourself straight from the first sentence...
So just because somebody disagrees with you, they're stupid? Grow up...

The battery life and performance are better on the Air, and there are way more accessories available for it. The only potentially important one is a keyboard anyway. I'd go on, but then I'd be showing my "stupidity"...

There are plenty advantages of both depending on what the application is.

What? Agree with what? I made a comment on someone else post. Its not about agreeing. It's about making sense.

Example, "Microosft will never learn". Never learn what? "They are still stuck in the 90's". How

Why are those stupid? It sin;t because I don't agree. Its because they make no sense. What si it MS hasn't learned? How is it they are stuck in the 90's? Rattling off a sales pitch with no substance is what makes it stupid. I am after all entitled to my opinion as well.

If you don't agree with something, explain why. Give us an idea why you feel that way.
But if you gonna just make a blanket statement with no supporting argument, then its stupid and is nothing more than some lame marketing tactics.

Obviously you don't understand why I disliked the posts. Read them and explain why they aren't stupid. Are they opinions? Yes. But an opinion, no matter how biased, can still be agreed upon based on a person providing substance for their argument. Even if I don't agree afterwards, I can at least say...I don't agree but you made a good argument.

Astra.Xtreme said,

You do a great job discrediting yourself straight from the first sentence...
So just because somebody disagrees with you, they're stupid? Grow up...

The battery life and performance are better on the Air, and there are way more accessories available for it. The only potentially important one is a keyboard anyway. I'd go on, but then I'd be showing my "stupidity"...

There are plenty advantages of both depending on what the application is.

Your explanation of why the iPad is better I agree in point, but its lame. Better battery life? How much better does it need to be? Both will last all day with moderate usage and both with die in a day with heavy usage. I have an iPad, with heavy usage it doesn't last longer than 4-5 hours.

In both devices the display will use all of the power. However, the Surface uses a standard resolution that is better supported by the GPU. The iPad display is very nice, but for the applications that are used, its just to fancy.

Way more accessories? Yes. 100% correct. After all all the iPad came out in 2010 and has 5 models and has built a base. The Surface is only in its second year. Lame comparison no matter how true.

I am surprised you didn't make the application argument. Keyboards for the iPad are ridiculously priced. In fact, ALL iPad accessories are. The Surface native keyboard is ridiculously priced too. But you don't need one, after all ALL your present wired ort wireless ones will work with the Surface which is NOT true of the iPad.

If you are going to jump on my posts, at least come correct and have a valid argument. Just arging the same old tiring points. Oh well the iPad has more accessories, more apps, longer battery-life are all stale and lame no matter how true.

How about these facts. Contributing factors as to why the iPad last longer is because it has less RAM, the CPU is usually always underclocked, the capabilities of the iPad are limited, it doesn't support Flash, it doesn't use a desktop browser, the battery is 65% of its physical size, the applications are constrained.

The Surface uses more battery because it simply does more. It can show more than one app on the screen, has better, multi-tasking and so much more. It offers more yet it still costs less than an iPad.

The problem with you guys, is you get so stuck on something you like, that even when something is better you simply attack it with no valid reasoning whatsoever. There is nothing wrong with the Surface. At least the Surface isn't a blown smartphone. The iPad 100% mimics the iPod Touch/iPhone. It's only a tablet due to its size. Other than size its offers no benefit over the smaller siblings. The Surface doesn't act like a Windows Phone. The Note, don't act identical to the S or any of Samsung's other phones. It should be similar, but it doesn't be identical. This is what the iPad lame and why other offerings have gotten better.

But your opinion based on facts, though is right. Those things are all good. But for every iPad, that has been the same argument and the main reason you cant come up with anymore is because it simply doesn't have more to offer.

Thanks for posting that link svggarden. I had no idea that the Surface 2 was such a capable device.

Everyone who thinks that the Surface 2 is just another underpowered "pad" should take a look at that video!